Written by Monte Dutton Tue, 2015-08-25 09:16
It's been a long time now since Darlington Raceway has run the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, but, by God, it’s back. It doesn't seem like a long time. They started running the race in 1950, and I'm sure some wiseacre paid for his ticket, got his first peek at the track, and yelled, "Hey! What kind of track is this? It's shaped like a damned egg!"
Or maybe he didn't. Maybe he just thought it was the Falstaff talking.
I saw my first Southern 500 in 1970. Age 12. Beginning in 1971, I had to practice football on Labor Day. Back then, the State of South Carolina, in all its pious wisdom, wouldn't allow a race on the Sabbath.
Written by Kelli Bennett Sun, 2015-08-23 07:43
Roger Penske has quite a legacy at Bristol Motor Speedway.
What started with Rusty Wallace throughout the 1990's now continues with Joey Logano, who grabbed his second straight win in the Irwin Tools Night Race and his third victory of the 2015 Sprint Cup season. Logano, who gave Penske his second Daytona 500 victory, now hands "The Captain" his 12th win at the .538-mile Tennessee track.
Written by Kelli Bennett Sat, 2015-08-22 08:01
Chris Buescher just didn't have enough in the tank to beat Kyle Busch.
Buescher's fuel ran dry on the race's green-white-checkered finish allowing Busch to take the checkered flag in Friday night's Food City 300. While Buescher just managed a 11th place finish, Busch celebrated his third win on the season and his eighth career Xfinity series win at Bristol.
Written by Kelli Bennett Sat, 2015-08-22 07:43
Joe Gibbs Racing's stable of Toyotas are really starting to bring the heat.
Having already notched nine victories on the season, it's easy to say JGR is in championship form. You can say the gang is one step closer to a tenth victory with Denny Hamlin winning the pole for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.
Written by Kelli Bennett Fri, 2015-08-21 20:38
Nothing says respect like having your own grandstand in the Last Great Coliseum.
Bristol Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Caldwell announced Jeff Gordon will have his a grandstand named in his honor in a press conference Friday. Gordon will now be alongside the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson and Darrell Waltrip as drivers who have been honored by the track.
Caldwell believes Gordon's legacy, especially at Bristol, has earned him this honorable distinction.
Written by Tom Higgins Fri, 2015-08-21 10:01
Everyone gathered at Bristol International Raceway wanted the Volunteer 500 to finish quickly.
The drivers, their crews, the NASCAR officials, the fans and members of the media.
“We going to have to wait a bit to tee off,” said the retired Whitey. “They’ve agreed to let us play a fivesome today, and the other two guys are on the way. Don’t ask me who. It’s a surprise.”
Written by Louis Brewster Thu, 2015-08-20 23:37
Random NASCAR thoughts following a cross country trip that served as this year's vacation.
Thu, 2015-08-20 07:30
A spin with four laps to go in Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway proved to be the saving grace for Brad Keselowski Racing’s Ryan Blaney, who grabbed the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to win his first race of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Blaney recovered from an early race penalty for jumping a restart to find himself closing on leader Matt Crafton with five laps remaining. When Ty Dillon spun on Lap 196, it triggered the final caution of the night and the opportunity for Blaney to steal Crafton’s thunder. On the final restart, Crafton’s truck sputtered, failing to come up to speed, allowing Blaney to take off and seal his fourth career NCWTS victory.
Written by Allen Gregory Wed, 2015-08-19 07:18
Danica Patrick currently ranks 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings with two top-10 finishes in 23 races.
That resume did not prevent Patrick from landing a new sponsor arrangement for the 2016 season.
In a Tuesday morning press conference at the headquarters of Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis, North Carolina, details of Patrick’s deal with a Nevada-based company were revealed
Written by Kelli Bennett Mon, 2015-08-17 11:19
From the drop of the green flag to the wave of the checkered flag, the plot of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway was simple.
Matt Kenseth was dominant.
Kenseth, who started from the pole, led 146 of the race's 200 laps to take home his third victory of the season and the eighth for team owner Joe Gibbs.